Psyllium and diarrhea

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Date Joined Dec 2007
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   Posted 7/29/2009 5:18 PM (GMT -6)   
Anyone ever had D issues from psyllium? I saw something online about D being a possible side effect of psyllium supplements.
23 years of UC which started after quitting smoking. In and out of flares which are usually triggered by antibiotics. Latest issue is endless diarrhea without blood or mucous.


Regular Member

Date Joined Feb 2009
Total Posts : 226
   Posted 7/29/2009 7:46 PM (GMT -6)   
Just the opposite for me. Psyllium powder (in a drink) bulks me up. For those with constipation it can create looser stools, but for most people who already have D the psyllium makes it at least a little better.
33 year old male
diagnosed severe pancolitis in 2004, unresponsive to all drugs
turned down recommendation to have j-pouch surgery
have been mostly symptom free since 2004 via diet modification (removed all carbs)

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Date Joined May 2003
Total Posts : 30596
   Posted 7/29/2009 9:12 PM (GMT -6)   
I think if you take excessive water with it, you might have more diarrhea if you're flaring or having diarrhea at the time.....but some may be sensitive to it and it works the opposite way.

*Heather* Status: flaring...Asacol 3 twice daily; Salofalk enemas nightly
~diagnosed January 1989 UC (proctosigmoiditis)
~UC meds: Asacol (3 @ 2x daily); Salofalk enemas nightly for flares & taper to maintenance 
~Bentylol (dicyclomine) 20mg as needed; Ranitidine (reflux);  Effexor XR 75mg(depression);  Pulmicort/Airomir (asthma) 
~vitamins/minerals/supplementsProbiotics....(RenewLife Ultimate Flora Critical Care + Primadophilus Reuteri). @ bedtime
~various digestive enzymes as needed
~URSO for PSC (or PBC) 500mg X 2 daily (LFTs back to NORMAL!!)
My doc's logic.. "TREAT (FROM)BOTH ENDS"  worth it !!!

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